Sawn-off shotgun ‘found at car passenger’s feet’

A sawn-off shotgun was found at the feet of a passenger in a car being driven from Blarney towards Cork City, it was claimed yesterday as gardaí objected to bail being granted to the defendant in any circumstances.

Det Garda Alan Johnson arrested David Butt, aged 30, of 6 Avonmore Park, Mayfield, Cork, and charged him with having a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition in the car on Friday, April 22.

Det Gda Johnson first outlined the seriousness of the charges by describing the allegations against Mr Butt.

He alleged: “Mr Butt was in the passenger side of the car with a stolen sawn-off shotgun at his feet in clear view. The car was driving in the direction of Cork City.”

Ammunition for this gun was found in his pocket, it was alleged. The detective said the accused also had ammunition for another gun but that this second weapon remained outstanding.

He said these were very serious alleged offences that carried penalties up to life imprisonment on conviction.

“There are no bail conditions that would be agreeable to gardaí in this case,” said Det Gda Johnson.

Judge Leo Malone refused the application made for bail by solicitor Eddie Burke at Cork District Court. On the application of Insp Adrian Gamble, Judge Malone remanded the defendant in custody until Thursday.

Mr Butt is charged with two counts namely having a 12-gauge Purdey double-barrel sawn-off shotgun at Clogheenmilcon, Blarney, Co Cork, on April 22, and having five 12-gauge shotgun cartridges together with 33 .22 long rifle calibre Winchester rounds of ammunition and two similar .22 long rifle Eley rounds.

Applying for bail, Mr Butt said he would turn up to face the case against him, would not commit any offences, and added that while he did have a heroin addiction he was clear of the drug for 13 months and on a methadone treatment programme.

Det Gda Johnson said the accused made no reply to the charges when formally arrested and charged on Sunday afternoon.


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